Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is admired for its exuberant natural beauty and idyllic beaches. However, the destination is also home to equally must-see historical and cultural attractions. Find out more about the National Museum of History of Seychelles and the Kaz Zanana Gallery below.
National Museum of History of Seychelles
The National Museum of History of Seychelles provides the traveler with a return to 250 years of rich heritage Creole of the islands. Situated in the heart of Victoria, destination capital, on the island of Mahé, and just steps from the famous Clock Tower, the National History Museum has several galleries that depict the past through unique artifacts and images.
The National Museum acts as a memory of the past, not only for its content, but also for its colonial style that reflects the traditional architecture of Seychelles. At the entrance to the museum is the smallest statue ever made to honor Queen Victoria and a few steps away is the bust of Pierre Poivre, the botanist responsible for introducing cinnamon and other spices to the island. In 2018, the museum was completely renovated.
It is possible to go back to the past and understand how the kitchen worked seychellois. The main utensils used in food preparation and which helped create Seychelles' exotic blend of flavors are on display in the museum. A mural dedicated to the traditions of fishing with the poles and a small boat, in turn, reveals the customs of fishermen venturing into the Seychelles Sea to catch fresh fish in the early mornings.
Natural medicine is also part of Seychelles' living heritage. The herbs exhibited in the museum were used to treat the most diverse ailments in the form of an infusion or paste. Many of these plants can be seen in natura during nature trails. Art, music and dance Creole are depicted on musical instruments such as drums Moutia and handicrafts made of raffia.
One of Victoria's historic attractions since the 1900s and an example of architecture Creole is the Kaz Zanana Gallery. After a recent renovation, the space located in Victoria, on the island of Mahé, is now home to the exotic works of art by renowned local artist George Camille, including paintings, collages and colorful sculptures of giant tortoises. Some works are for sale.
For more information about the destination, visit www.seychelles.com/home and the website www.gvaticias.com about Seychelles
An archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is dotted with platinum sandy beaches, framed by granite boulders, turquoise seas and year-round tropical weather. For those who want to see and do it all, the archipelago has excellent conditions for practicing sports, great restaurants with international and Creole (local) cuisine, dance and music shows. For the modern traveler, the islands represent an escape and the opportunity to recalibrate their soul in harmony with the primal essence of nature. In addition, Seychelles values sustainable tourism, given that about 50% of its area is under environmental protection, and it is believed that the original site of the Garden of Eden is in the country, in the so-called Vallée de Mai.